Diastema meaning

dīə-stēmə
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A gap or space between two teeth.
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A gap or space between two adjacent teeth, especially the upper front incisors (in humans). In other species, a diastema refers to a gap between teeth of different types, e.g. incisors and molars, which is a feature of some rodents and ungulates.
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A natural space in the body; specif., the gap between two teeth, esp. of the upper jaw.
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A gap or space between two teeth.
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In pathology, a diastema may refer to any an abnormal space, fissure, or cleft in an organ or part of the body.
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In cell biology, the diastema is the modified protoplasm at the equator of a cell, existing before mitotic division.
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Origin of diastema

  • Late Latin diastēma interval from Greek from diistanai diastē- to separate diastasis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin, from Ancient Greek διάστημα (diástēma, “interval, space between”). Compare diastasis.

    From Wiktionary